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6:00 PM ET, September 1, 2020

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NBC News:
Facebook says, after an FBI tip, it took down several pages and accounts pushing a fake left-wing news outlet made by people linked to Russian troll group IRA  —  Some of Russia's most infamous internet trolls have launched a news website that hired real-life journalism freelancers …
New York Times:
Facebook warns it will block Australian users and news organizations from sharing news stories on Facebook and Instagram if the ACCC's proposal passes  —  The move, a response to pressure to pay publishers when their stories are posted on the social network, could add to internet silos springing up around the world.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Black Kenosha News journalist quits the paper over a since-changed headline that highlighted a threat made by one of several speakers at a peaceful rally  —  Daniel Thompson, an editor at The Kenosha News, resigned over a headline that highlighted a speaker who made a threat during a peaceful protest.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: AT&T's exploring a sale of Xandr, its digital advertising unit, after acquiring one of its biggest components, ad exchange AppNexus, in 2018 for ~$1.6B  —  The telecom giant had hoped to use its scale and AppNexus deal to build up an advertising business
Alison Weissbrot / AdExchanger:
Ad tech startup InfoSum, which lets companies match customer data in a privacy-compliant way, raises $15M and names Xandr's Brian Lesser CEO  —  InfoSum, a UK-based data platform that allows companies to match data in a privacy compliant-way, has raised $15 million and appointed Brian Lesser …
Luke Winkie / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Study Hall, a gossipy media site for freelancers that started as a Patreon-funded newsletter and now has 4,500 subs paying between $1 and $11/month  —  Study Hall doesn't want to be Nieman Lab, nor does it have any interest in aping Mediaite, Digiday, or the Columbia Journalism Review.
New York Times:
NPD BookScan: 1,200+ titles about Trump have come out since 2016 vs. 500 about Obama in his first term as partisan books surge alongside media polarization  —  White House memoirs, journalistic exposés, full-throated defenses of the president: Publishers are producing books …
James Hibberd / EW.com:
Dozens of past episodes of Joe Rogan's podcast with controversial guests including Alex Jones and Stefan Molyneux are missing from his new channel on Spotify  —  Joe Rogan made his debut on Spotify on Tuesday, but apparently not all of his podcast episodes made the cut.
American Prospect:
Media access to incarcerated people is being further curtailed during the pandemic, as some prisons restrict phone interviews under the guise of public health  —  Journalists are having trouble contacting sources, and inmates who speak on the record face retaliation.
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Gray Television and other local TV station groups partner with streaming company Syncbak to launch ad-supported streaming service VUit with 200+ local channels  —  VUit, an ad-supported platform, offers access to over 200 local channels  —  A new streaming service featuring …
Discussion: Deadline and The Streamable
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
The “stick to sports” mandate at ESPN and some rivals has largely faded away, and coverage has increased of athletes who have joined Black Lives Matter protests  —  New York (CNN Business)In the three years since ESPN denounced then-staffer Jemele Hill's tweets …
 
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Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Colorado News Collaborative, a new nonprofit coalition known as COLab, is assembling journalists from 60+ news orgs in the state to share resources/stories
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
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Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
When writing about Trump's Kenosha visit or his remarks on Portland, media needs to be explicit about his political calculations
Akhil Arora / NDTV Gadgets 360:
Netflix is offering free access to select original content for non-subscribers, on Android and web but not on iOS, with a 30-second skippable ad for Netflix